Ending the day without anxiety. Receiving spiritual truth and practical wisdom from another mother of a child with a disability. And entering into a story about the extravagant tenderness of God.
These are the invitations offered to me through three books I’m excited about right now:
Dimming the Day by Jennifer Grant. A beautiful end-of-day reading designed to welcome us into wonder and gratitude rather than the “normal anxiety” of everyday modern life.
Parenting and Disabilities: Abiding in God’s Presence by Stephanie Hubach. 30-days of theological/biblical/practical life reflections written by a mom of a son with Down syndrome. She is also a research fellow in disability ministry at Covenant Theological Seminary.
The Whole Language: The Power of Extravagant Tenderness by Gregory Boyle. I honestly haven’t even cracked the spine on this book yet (yes, I tend to aggressively crack the spines on books). But I know from reading both of Boyle’s other memoirs—Tattoos on the Heart and Barking at the Choir—that I will be riveted and grateful and brought closer to the heart of God when I dive in.
In other news, I finished Bewilderment and I was both haunted and disappointed by it. Just started Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen, the story of a minister in the 1970s. I know Flannery O’Connor said the South is Christ-haunted. Sixty years later, I’d say the nation is Christ-haunted, or at least the people writing good novels seem to be.
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